Research Laboratory Tech Assoc in Genetics at the University of Michigan

Research Laboratory Tech Assoc - Mueller Lab

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Full Time

Academic / Research

Job Summary

The laboratory of Jacob Mueller, in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan Medical School, is seeking a highly-motivated research laboratory technician.  Our small-medium sized laboratory is focused on using molecular genetics and evolution to understand the role of X and Y-linked “selfish” genes in non-Mendelian inheritance and sperm development. This is an excellent position for a student who has graduated from college recently, or will graduate soon, and is interested in obtaining a few years of research experience before applying to graduate school.  As such, the technician will have one or more independent research projects of their own and will work together with the PI to develop their project(s). The projects have the potential to be completed within one to two years, enabling the applicant the possibility of obtaining a publication prior to applying to graduate school.  The position is thus a great opportunity to have regular and direct hands-on training from a PI and determine whether they are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in research.  The position is heavily focused on the research project with a smaller amount of effort devoted to laboratory support/maintenance.


The applicant will be involved in well-defined research projects and be expected to make original scientific contributions and interpret and analyze results.  The position will heavily focus on mouse molecular genetic techniques, which includes:

  • PCR, RT-PCR, qtPCR, restriction digests and DNA sequencing
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Molecular cloning
  • DNA and RNA isolation
  • Fluorescence microscopy to visualize DNA-FISH and immunohistochemistry
  • Breeding, genotyping and dissecting mice

Lab management support will also be expected in the form of:

  • Routine laboratory maintenance of equipment
  • Ordering of supplies and reagents
  • Compliance with University of Michigan safety and animal care regulations

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Required Qualifications

BA/BS in biology, genetics or a related field with two years of laboratory research experience (which may be at the undergraduate level) is required.  Will be expected to analyze and present data, design experiments and be willing to work with mice as a model system.   

Desired Qualifications

The candidate should have human ESC cell experience, strong written, oral communication skills, and ability to maintain detailed and organized lab notebooks / records.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

How to Apply

To apply, qualified applicants must submit an application to the University of Michigan Job Board (ID 191751) that should include the following:

  • Cover letter stating your research experience, project interests, and future career goals
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Contact information for references

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